Posts Tagged ‘farm photos’

Walk in the Woods

Yesterday was a beautiful day at Stone’s Throw Farm. I got some work done, but first I took a brief walk. Mostly I focus on the cleared areas at the farm, but we also have 30 acres of treed land. I’d love to get a path going through the woods someday, so people can go for a walk without worrying about getting lost in there like I did last fall. Yes, I admit it — I got lost on my own property.

This is a great time of year to be out in the woods, because you can really see what’s going on — the snow has melted but the trees and brush haven’t leafed out yet. There’s water flowing in the stream at the edge of the woods, too. Just be sure to tuck your pants into your socks and check for ticks when you get home!

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Field Trip

The Cove

Duluth is experiencing “its earliest string of above-freezing high temperatures in 132 years,” according to the Duluth News Tribune today. I’d be pleased as punch if the early spring continued; warm and dry weather would allow me to get an early start in the field, which was looking a bit soggy yesterday after 3 days of rain. As soon as the ground finishes thawing, it should be able to soak up the water, but for now, bring your galoshes.

East Field


West Fields

The eastern field is draining the best — it has ditches on two sides of it now, so that makes sense. I’ll use the east field for growing veggies this year. The farther west you go, the soggier the fields get. The area we call “the cove,” which is sheltered by trees on three sides, is still covered in snow.

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February 6, 2010

I went back to the farm yesterday, snowshoed around and took some photos.

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The greenhouse has bright and shiny wirelock brackets now. (For those of you who don’t know, wirelock is an aluminum channel that you put the plastic over, then insert special wiggle wire–or “wiggly wire,” as E says–into the channel to secure the plastic.)
We’re afraid to put the plastic on because we don’t have electricity yet, and therefore no way to inflate the two layers of plastic this winter. Maybe it wouldn’t matter, but that plastic is expensive.
We still have no address, but now we can tell people to look for the greenhouse on the right.

Just add fire, E.

Here’s a look at the rye. It looks pretty good in the field by the road.


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Thanks to some amazing 50-degrees and sunny weather (and Elden being able to take a day off work on Tuesday), we got our hoophouse frame up! This hoophouse will be a multi-purpose greenhouse for a while–I’ll use it for starting plants and I’ll also plant some tomatoes in the soil inside. Instead of plowing it, I spread some topsoil that the excavator piled up for me during the driveway construction (the driveway has been completed, by the way–see photo of the turnaround in the woods below). John recommended this to me because it will help the site to drain better if it is a bit elevated, and it will kill the grass underneath without disturbing the soil structure, worm pathways, etc. Setting the foundation posts was, of course, tons of fun, and despite our best efforts to keep the tops of the posts from getting bent out of shape during the pounding, we had to do some filing and hammering to get the hoops into the foundation posts, but it wasn’t too bad.

I am incredibly relieved to have this much progress done. The weather is supposed to be halfway decent this weekend, so Elden and I should get some work done on the endwalls.

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Ploughing 2 acres didn’t seem anywhere near as destructive as putting in this driveway did. Perhaps that is because I was an active participant in the ploughing, whereas the culvert, driveway, and accompanying ditches went in one Friday while I was at work. When I stopped by on Friday night, it was a shock to see the huge piles of soil and very wide expanse of grass-less area screaming at me from what had for so long been a quiet little hayfield.

Elden and I spent the next day clearing trees for the rest of the driveway.

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With lots of encouragement from Dave Hanlon of the Food Farm, I bought a 30′ x 40’greenhouse from a nice guy in Gary. Dave then gallantly helped Elden, our friend Greg, and I dismantle the greenhouse on a cold Saturday (thanks, guys!). Elden and I moved it out to the unnamed farm and stacked all the materials for now….

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I hired a neighbor to spread some manure on the fields, and hauled a few loads myself with my little manure spreader. Then I seeded some winter rye as a cover crop. It’s not a very even stand, but it will have to do.

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